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Trinectes maculatus

Max Size: 20 cm (8 in)

Habitat: Bays and estuaries from Massachusetts to Florida and Panama

Diet: Worms, crustaceans, and small fishes

Fun Facts:

  • Historically farmers used hogchokers as affordable fertilizers for their fields. They received their unusual name because it’s said that pigs would choke on them due to their rough scales
  • Hogchokers are a flatfish with a brownish-gray body and vertical lines and spots
  • These small fish use camouflage for protection and can change color within seconds
  • They are dextral (right-eyed) flatfish, meaning that both eyes are on the right side of their head